swell·​ing | \ ˈswe-liŋ How to pronounce swelling (audio) \

Definition of swelling

1 : something that is swollen specifically : an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement
2 : the condition of being swollen

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Examples of swelling in a Sentence

There was a swelling above her eye. The swelling around her eye should subside in a few days.
Recent Examples on the Web Trainers now treat the ailing with $6,000 Hivamat machines, which send electrostatic vibrations into muscles and tissues to break down metabolic waste, reduce swelling, and eliminate pain. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 The design goes far beyond feet, too, reaching both ankles and calves to help restore blood flow, and reduce swelling and pain. Ariel Scotti, PEOPLE.com, 23 Jan. 2022 In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Michelle Staheli was hospitalized, unconscious as doctors performed multiple surgeries to try and relieve the swelling in her brain. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of lymphoma can include painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin, persistent fatigue, fever, night sweats, shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss and itchy skin. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 30 Mar. 2022 Doctors will wait for the swelling in his knee to go down before scheduling surgery in the coming weeks. Louisville Courier Journal, 24 Mar. 2022 James missed his second straight game with soreness in his left knee, the Lakers’ medical staff hopeful that the swelling in the joint can be dealt with quickly enough. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2022 Doctors said Ezra suffered severe swelling in his brain and went into cardiac arrest at the concert or on the way to the hospital. NBC News, 9 Nov. 2021 He's been trying to reduce the swelling and tenderness in it since his early spring slip. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of swelling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Swelling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swelling. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for swelling


swell·​ing | \ ˈswe-liŋ \

Kids Definition of swelling

: a swollen lump or part


swell·​ing | \ ˈswel-iŋ- How to pronounce swelling (audio) \

Medical Definition of swelling

: an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement an inflammatory swelling

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